Flower Wasp - Thynnus apterus?  by Normf

Flower Wasp - Thynnus apterus? by 

This is a wingless Female Flower Wasp but I’m actually not sure of this species. Brisbane Insects have a shot and speculate Catocheilus sp., (synonym: Hemithynnus sp.). But I’ve found something close on the WA Ag Dept ICDB Specimen Images that seems close to Thynnus apterus? If anyone knows let me know. (see accompanying shots) Now the story.
I was out in the middle of the day hope to find some nice reptiles or insects and was following an Owl Fly when I saw this lady come out of the sandy soil and climb up the nearest shrub. As she reached the top I heard a buzz past my ear and a yellow headed winged male landed on her (I moved away a bit at this stage having a healthy respect for “flying” wasps!!!). After a quick pash they were copulating and he flew off carrying the wingless female. From the time she emerged from the soil, set off her pheromones and was carried away on her honeymoon the whole episode to less than a minute and a half. Talk about a whirlwind romance with his child bride!!!!

Emerald Beach, NSW, Aust
Canon EOS 7D
Shooting Mode Program AE
Shutter Speed 1/200
Aperture Value 3.5
Metering Mode Spot Metering
ISO Speed 100
Lens EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Image Stabiliser On
Hand held


  • Clare Colins
    Clare Colinsabout 5 years ago

    very crisp and clear. Good capture Norm

  • Appreciated Clare!

    – Normf

  • Edyta Magdalena Pelc
    Edyta Magdalen...about 5 years ago

    Great shot!

  • Thank you again Edyta!

    – Normf

  • Pamela Hubbard
    Pamela Hubbardabout 5 years ago

    Outrageous! what interesting markings.

  • Normf
    Normfabout 5 years ago

    Wow thanks for the feature in “All That is Nature (Photography Only)” group.

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